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03 July - Man arrested at Sovereign Harbour denies ‘covertly’ bringing illegal immigrants into the UK. Click here to read report in the Eastbourne Herald...


29 June - Lost a Drone? A drone has been retrieved from the South Harbour water feature To reclaim it, please send CPMCL (the water feature management company) a message with details.


23 June - New date of SHRA AGM confirmed - the proposed date for the SHRA AGM in the Community Centre has had to be changed to Thursday 26 July at 7.30 pm (doors open from 7pm).


23 June - Harbour WI Newsletter for June published - find it on the WI News page..


25 May - What's On at The Waterfront - events for late May and June. Click here for poster... or visit The Waterfront web site... External link logo


11 Jun - Locks - Reduced Pedestrian Access - Premier Marinas are replacing the pedestrian safety barriers on lock 1 (the lock furthest from the Marina Office), works start today for about 10 days or so. The existing barriers are beyond economical repair and require replacement before the season really gets underway.

 There will be short term pedestrian closures over the locks whilst the engineers replace each barrier in turn, but we hope to reinstate full pedestrian access over the weekends and on most evenings.

  Premier Marinas also confirm that today (Monday) is the last full day of breaking out concrete noise by the Marina Office. There may be the odd extra bit to remove but nothing as prolonged as we have had recently.


07 June - Letter published. North Harbour resident and SHRA member Mr J. Bradnam asks about outer harbour black silt and bad odour. Letters page... Response from Premier Marinas added.


01 June - SHRA's On-line Newsletter published - the June edition of Waterlines is available here...


23 May - Path to Community Centre - these photos show the path currently under construction that will lead to the community centre from the Yacht Club/The Waterfront car park. The path is almost two metres wide and is on a bit of a slope. Access to the centre will also be possible across the Retail Park entrance road, and to the rear of the building via the service road for mobility access and deliveries. Click here for path photos..


16 May - Carillion bosses drove construction firm off a cliff, say MPs - Carillion were the main developers of Sovereign Harbour. Carillion's board presided over a "rotten corporate culture" and was culpable for its "costly collapse", two committees of MPs have concluded. They also called for a potential break-up of the big four audit firms, after they "waved through" the indebted construction firm's accounts. Read more in this BBC News report... External link logo


15 May - Anti-social behaviour initiatives. Yesterday morning (Monday) our ward councillors along with representatives from Macquarie Quay, The Broadwalk and SHRA met with Premier Marinas and Premier's security company to discuss anti-social behaviour around the inner harbour and on the harbour spit.

   Several initiatives are to be put in place. These include new signage such as warnings about CCTV being in operation and ‘no fires’, and the installation of a new HD camera at the end of Macquarie Quay looking towards the spit. It is also planned to liaise with the language schools to have them include something about anti-social behaviour in their briefing packs for students and host families. There will also be increased security at weekends with security officers covering the spit area.

  In addition to this, Insp Barrow from Sussex Police plans to run operation Blitz in the area at the end of May/beginning of June for the 9 evenings around the next school half term. The PCSO’s assigned will have a PC from Prevention joining them.


14 May - Community Centre build update - more external and internal photos from the building site. Walls by Damien Hirst? Click here...


11 May - Silver Wharf Balconies extension. - EBC are considering an application to extend outward four ground floor balconies at Silver Strand East, Silver Wharf. The extension would encroach on to part of the harbour walkway, bringing the particular development in line with a neighbouring frontage. Click here for Planning Application No. 180288... External link logo  Closing date for comments is 23rd May.


08 May - Jet ski hire to open on prom - A planning application has been made for the installation of a temporary metal storage container for jet skis and ancillary equipment for a Jet Ski Hire service on the beach opposite the seafront Skate Park. More details in this article in the Eastbourne Herald... External link logo For documents, plan and to leave comments - click here for Planning Application No. 180461 External link logo  Comments by 31 May.


08 May - Bag it & Bin it - A poem submitted by SHRA member John Langton on the ever-present danger left by dog owners who do not bag it and bin it. Click here...


08 May - Five seals - on the Outer Harbour mud today - practically a colony.

five seals
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07 May - Macauley Place Brochure - An on-line brochure with details of homes being built on Phase 1 of Macauley Place, External link logo Pacific Drive (Site 7c) has been published. Click here... External link logo


03 May - Warning for North Harbour dog owners and parents - Sovereign Harbour Neighbourhood Panel have received a call about a dog allegedly poisoned from eating a pink tablet on the North Harbour beach. It is suspected to have been a rat poison tablet. The dog is with a vet. At the moment that is all we know, and I have no direct confirmation, but it is something worth warning others about. Will update if we learn more. Update: The story has now been reported in the Eastbourne Herald who give the location as "on the beach at the North Harbour, at the rear of San Diego Way."  click here... External link logo Further update (Unconfirmed - from a Facebook Group): "Someone took said pellets to vets at Pets at Home - they said they are bird suet pellets."


25 April - Arndale Extension opening dates - The opening dates for three new stores in the Arndale Centre extension have been revealed. Next, H & M and FatFace will open in September, two months ahead of the extension that is due to open by the end of November when the Centre will be re-branded as The Beacon.

  The fit-out of Next and H & M is due to start in May and June and the first part of the new mall will open at the same time as these stores. The multiscreen cinema will open in 2019.


22 April - Sea Defence Work - We've added a web page to our site about the sea defence work that is carried out on the harbour beaches by Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd. (PCDL).  It includes a new info sheet from PCDL on the annual shingle bypassing. Click here...


20 April - Harbour Construction Gallery - We've added a gallery of photos from about 1990/91 showing the construction of the harbour and locks; and also the Martello Tower and beach before the harbour was built. Thanks to John Pitcher and Geoff Clarke, members of the excellent The History of Eastbourne Facebook Group, and to Natural England for permission to use their historic photographs. Gallery of photos - click here...


18 April - The Harbour WI have published the report of their April meeting. WI News page...


18 April - SHRA AGM – Our AGM is usually held in April or May. It would be great if this year we were able to hold it in the community centre and we are endeavouring to obtain a completion date to see if this will be feasible. If necessary, we could hold off until June. Whatever is decided, we shall give members at least 4 weeks’ notice as stipulated in our constitution.


18 April - Community Centre Update - Latest update on the build progress. Internal walls going up. Doors and windows due on-site this week. Click here...


14 April - Unsociable Behaviour - just a reminder that to receive email notification of the police 'Operation Blitz' direct mobile phone number for each weekend you need to sign up to Neighbourhood Alert at: https://neighbourhoodalert.co.uk/ External link logo You will also receive reports of Operation Blitz patrols in the harbour area. Anti-social crime may also be reported by calling 101, or in a genuine emergency 999.


13 April - Member's letter about litter published - Letters page...


Southern Water logo13 April - Wastewater Treatment Works - Early  this year SHRA raised the issue of foul smells emanating from the Wastewater Treatment Works. In February, Southern Water wrote to local residents with an update about the work being undertaken to repair and upgrade the facility. Last month, SHRA committee members and local councillors attended a presentation at the works.

Southern Water said that unpleasant smells from the works can not ever be eliminated, but they were confident that the enhancements will bring about a noticeable improvement. The work is due to complete in about a years’ time (mid 2019).

Southern Water have supplied an interesting presentation about the treatment works (it is larger than you may think), containing photos of the work being undertaken, most of it underground. It is available on the SHRA web site - click here... The latest info on the upgrade can be found on the Southern Water website: www.southernwater.co.uk/eastbourne External link logo

Southern Water again stated that they had received very few complaints about the smell. Should the smell return, please complain to Southern Water on: 0330 303 0223, or you can leave a comment on their web site here... www.southernwater.co.uk/feedback External link logo Their postal address is: Southern Water, PO Box 41, Worthing, BN13 3NZ.  And let us know that you've complained.


11 April - Beach Work Update - From Ian Thomas, Project Manager, Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd External link logo "Beach recycling has finished this afternoon and hopefully will be the final beach works for the winter.  The bulldozer will be here until Friday finishing off and tidying up generally.  Other than that, with any luck, machines will not be back until autumn."


04 April - New edition of Waterlines - The April edition of Waterlines our online newsletter has been published. Read and download it from here...


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